What cannot be patented

Some inventions cannot be patented, but can be protected in other ways, such as by copyright or designs registration.


Examples of non-patentable inventions:

  • Ideas
  • Discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical models
  • Aesthetic and ornamental creations
  • Schemes, rules or methods
  • Computer programmes
  • Pharmaceutical compounds or therapeutic treatments of any kind
  • Inventions which are contrary to public order or decency.